International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

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Full nameInternational Union of Painters and Allied Trades
Members103,858 (2014)[1]
AffiliationAFL-CIO, North America's Building Trades Unions
Key peopleKenneth E. Rigmaiden, General President
Office locationHanover, MD
CountryUnited States, Canada

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) is a union representing about 100,000 painters, glaziers, wall coverers, flooring installers, convention and trade show decorators, glassworkers, sign and display workers, asbestos worker/hazmat technician and drywall finishers in the United States and Canada.[2] Most of its members work in the construction industry.

District Council 9, New York
IUPAT presence in support of Jon Corzine at a rally during the 2009 New Jersey gubernatorial race.

Originally called the Brotherhood of Painters and Decorators of America, the union was first formed in 1887.[3] Local unions belong to district councils. District councils perform most of the services of the union. IUPAT is affiliated with the AFL-CIO in the U.S.

The Painters was one of three unions (SEIU and AFSCME were the others) to endorse Howard Dean during the 2004 Democratic primaries.[4] In a surprise move in 2008, IUPAT endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.[5] The union had endorsed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries, and endorsed Barack Obama for president in June 2008.[6] They endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary.[7]


  1. ^ US Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. File number 000-035. (Search) Report submitted 26 March 2014.
  2. ^ "About Us." International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Accessed April 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "About Us: Our History." International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Accessed April 30, 2016.
  4. ^ Wilgoren, Jodi. "Major Union Plans to Pull Its Support For Dean." New York Times. February 8, 2004; Slackman, Michael. "Labor Leaders Add Their Heft to Dean Rallies." New York Times. November 23, 2003.
  5. ^ "Mike Huckabee Wins IUPAT Membership Poll on Republican Candidates While Campaigning in Michigan." Press release. Huckabee For President. January 12, 2008. Accessed August 2, 2008.
  6. ^ Michaels, Seth. "IUPAT Endorses Obama." AFL-CIO Now Blog. June 20, 2008. Archived October 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Accessed August 2, 2008.
  7. ^ "Clinton, riding momentum from debate, wins union backing and accuses Republicans of targeting immigrants". The Washington Post. Retrieved 8 October 2018.

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